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Reclaim your Health

There's no age limit on good health and it's never too late to cultivate a healthier lifestyle. The Y is here to help you in your pursuit of ageless living. We have something for all ages and levels!

Individuals living with chronic conditions such as arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis can work with ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine certified) trainers or may participate in a variety of YMCA water/land group exercise and fitness programs. Contact your Fitness Director for program options.

What would the Y be without water? Water exercise, adult swim lessons (it’s NEVER too late) and adapted exercise for those with disabilities or in rehabilitation are some of the water-based activities you’ll find at the Y where we believe if you can do it on land, you can do some version of it in the water!


YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness.  If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks the condition can pose to your health.  Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle health coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining you overall well-being.  We are currently gathering names for the up-coming classes, so if you are interested, please contact  Ellen Hogeland at the Y (785) 825.2151.

FAQ SHEET (coming soon)





The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.

Upcoming Sessions:

Next session will begin in January 2018. If interested in getting a class started, contact the Salina YMCA at 825.2151.

Location: Salina Family YMCA

Program Costs: $429.00

  • The program includes 3 month free YMCA ADULT membership, a $129.00 value.
  • Option of 4 drafts of $107.25
  • Financial assistance is available on this program for those that qualify

- A1c: (prediabetes must be 5.7% - 6.4%)

- Fasting Plasma Glucose: (prediabetes must be 100-125)
- Score of 9 or higher on the Prediabetes Risk Assessment (link above)
- I have a diagnosis of gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy.


- I have a sibling with diabetes.
- I get little or no physical activity on a typical day.
- I have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 lbs.
- I have a BMI of greater than 25
- I am 65 years or older
- Having an elevated A1c or fasting glucose

***The primary risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes is poor nutrition and physical inactivity

For more information please contact:
Ellen Hogeland, Wellness & Aquatics Director 785.825.2151



Moderate-impact classes with high-impact results

Across the country, a growing number of Y associations offer Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life.

Here are some of the changes our participants have noticed:

  • More energy
  • Better balance
  • Increases in upper body and lower body strength
  • More flexibility and range of motion
  • Better sleep
  • More feelings of happiness
  • Sense of independence

In addition to the physical benefits, research has shown that, among older adults who participate in Enhance®Fitness, health costs were lowered each year by close to $1,000.

Our aim: To help you feel better

Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises and the fostering of strong social relationships between participants. Enhance®Fitness is geared toward older adults. Those with a chronic condition, such as arthritis, need not worry; they will never have to do anything that hurts. Participants can use chairs for support, if necessary, and increase the weight they use for strength training at their own pace.

Search class schedules HERE 


SilverSneakers is a free fitness program for seniors that’s helping millions of boomers and beyond defy the odds, shatter stereotypes and answer every challenge with, “I can do this!” The Y partners with SilverSneakers to offer signature group exercise classes designed for older adults and led by trained instructors.

  • Muscular Strength & Range of Motion
  • Cardio Circuit
  • Silver Splash
  • Yoga Stretch

In 2015, 84 percent of SilverSneakers members complete moderate to vigorous aerobic activity three or more times per week, and 94 percent state that they are in good or excellent health while 90 percent report more energy to accomplish daily activities.

Search class schedules HERE 


This class allows you to exercise without putting excess strain on your joints and muscles. The gentle activities in warm water, with guidance from an Arthritis Foundation certified instructor, will help you gain strength and flexibility. Excellent for beginning or returning exercisers, and strengthening for pre-surgery and post-surgery.

  • Level: All
  • Drop-in class
  • No registration necessary
  • Arthritis diagnosis is not required
  • Swimming skills are not required
  • Zero entry pool
  • See your doctor first to get clearance for water exercises

Classes take place in our heated indoor pools. Exercises approved by the Arthritis Foundation include walking, gentle stretching, flexing, extension and range-of-motion. Exercises are done in shallow water and focus on activities of daily living, moving a joint through your range of motion and holding it to feel a gentle stretch in the muscle.

  • Decreased pain and stiffness
  • Increased joint flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved performance with daily activities
Tips + Preparation

New to class? Arrive a little early so our instructor can give you some pointers.

Equipment Needed
  • Flotation equipment 
  • The Y provides all equipment for this class
Attire and What to Bring
  • Come to class dressed and ready for the pool
  • Proper swim attire is required (swim suit), no basketball shorts, street clothes, etc.
  • Water shoes (encouraged)
  • Towel, water bottle, aqua jacket (optional)

Search class schedules HERE 

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